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David Harbour Says 'Stranger Things' Season 4 Will Drop 'Huge Reveal' About Hopper's Past

David Harbour teases 'Stranger Things' Season 4 at Comic Con Liverpool.
David Harbour teases 'Stranger Things' Season 4 at Comic Con Liverpool. | Charley Gallay/Getty Images

The third season of popular sci-fi Netflix drama Stranger Things premiered in July 2019 and if you're like me, you watched it all in two days and were left stunned, heartbroken, and full of questions. The finale gave fans a few epic cliffhangers, leading us only to speculate what Season 4 will have in store.

According to Advanced Television, David Harbour, who plays fan-favorite (or maybe just my favorite) Police Chief Jim Hopper, sat down at Comic Con Liverpool on March 7, to discuss some of the things that are in the works for his character—especially now that it's been confirmed Hop is very much still alive.

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During the panel, Harbour compared Hopper's "resurrection" to Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, and said the character will return with "a different perspective." When asked about Hopper’s backstory, the Golden Globe nominee excitedly discussed what next season holds for Hopper, explaining:

“In Season 2, Eleven goes into the basement of the cabin and there’s five boxes, one of which is has stuff from Hawkins lab, one of which says ‘Dad,’ one of which says ‘Vietnam,' one says ‘New York’… so there are three things that we’ve established in this scene and if they don’t pay off that means that [The Duffer Brothers] are bad writers…I know specifically that in Season 4 we will give you a big, huge reveal about Hopper’s backstory.”

Watch a clip from his appearance below.

The actor added, “I’m so excited about revealing this aspect of the character. It’s one of the things I’ve known since the first frame of the first shot and we haven’t expressed it yet, [but] finally I get to express it in a big way, and it’s my favorite thing about him.”

Harbour assured fans, “We’re going to see [the Hopper that fans love] but in a different way.” Netflix has yet to announce an official release date, but fans speculate Season 4 of Stranger Things is likely set to air in late 2020 or early 2021. For those who can't wait, see about tickets to the Stranger Things con coming this spring!